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There’s quite a few things I’ve noticed from your post.

1. Do not worry so much about “testing” and just add the ferts your plants need. Consistency is key, so find a dosing plan like Estimative index and just follow it. In a few weeks you’ll see a difference.
2. In terms of your CO2 , your drop checked should be green to lime green when your lights turn on. If it takes half the day to get green then that’s a major problem. It’s like sprinting without oxygen, if you can’t breath then you can’t produce energy to run. Same goes for the plants, insufficient CO2 means lackluster growth and algae takes over.
3. Your tank temperature is pretty high, I’d reduce it to 75 or lower, most algae’s like the warmer water. I keep my tank between 71-72.
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